Heart@Andrews Awards

May 2018

Nadia Nosworthy, assistant professor, Department of Graduate Psychology & Counseling

Supervisor: Carole Woolford-Hunt, chair

Served in this position: I am in my fifth year both in this position and at Andrews University

What inspires you about working at Andrews University? Working in a Christian environment with fellow faculty and staff who are dedicated to serving others.

What motivates you to share your heart@andrews? I strive to keep Christ at the center of my work. I love helping others and seeing my students succeed!


Tari Popp, director, Planned Giving & Trust Services

Supervisor: David A. Faehner, vice president for University Advancement

Served in this position: I have been employed in this position since 2004. I began working for Andrews University in 1977 as a student in the Payroll office. When I graduated In 1981, I was hired to be one of the accountants in the Office of Financial Records, staying there until 1992 when I was asked to join the Office of Planned Giving & Trust Services.

What inspires you about working at Andrews University? Knowing that I am part of an organization that has positively impacted the Seventh-day Adventist Church and others for decades… and in every corner of the globe. Of course, we are not perfect, but I am proud to be affiliated with a school that is respected and continually strives to make a difference.

What motivates you to share your heart@andrews? First, because Christ told us to live the Golden Rule each day and set such a beautiful example of this; and second, because I get great pleasure in treating people with respect and making them feel valued. If I can lift their spirits by my attitude towards them, that brings me joy.


Tim Trine, director, Client Services, Information Technology Services

Supervisor: Lorena Bidwell, CIO

Served in this position: Approximately 13 years in this position and just over 22 years at Andrews.

What inspires you about working at Andrews University? I enjoy the interaction with college-age students, as they are really creative. I also enjoy the spirituality at Andrews. It is very nice to work at a place where everyone shares a similar outlook on life.

What motivates you to share your heart@andrews? Andrews is a community of people that are into sharing themselves and their lives to create an environment where young adults (and older adults) can see the love of Jesus in action. It is great being part of this community.


Dorothy Show, executive assistant, Seminary Deans' Office

Supervisor: Jiří Moskala, Seminary dean

Served in this position: Five years as of July 1, 30 years at Andrews

What inspires you about working at Andrews University? The dedicated, inspiring students, faculty, staff and alumni who have shared how God has led them in the past and continues to guide their lives in remarkable ways. Having our alumni contact us and learning where they are currently serving (many in global leadership positions) and how their sojourn at Andrews has helped them in their ministry and personally blessed and encouraged them to faithful service in God’s vast vineyard.

What motivates you to share your heart@andrews? Serving an awesome Savior who has been so lovingly merciful to me and in turn being able to share His love through service to others is a joy and huge blessing in my life.


April 2018

Wanda Cantrell, office manager, James White Library

Supervisor: Larry Onsager, dean of Libraries

Served in this position: 

What inspires you about working at Andrews University?

What motivates you to share your heart@andrews? 


Denise Collard, assistant to the dean, School of Architecture & Interior Design

Supervisor: Carey Carscallen, dean

Served in this position: I have worked in this office my entire time at Andrews, 24 years!

What inspires you about working at Andrews University? I love working at a Seventh-day Adventist school and have especially appreciated my time at Andrews University. I worked for a number of years at other educational institutions and so appreciate the working environment here, where our Heavenly Father is the center of all that we do.

What motivates you to share your heart@andrews? It is like caring for family here at the School of Architecture & Interior Design. They are either my children or my siblings! The Lord is so good and has truly blessed my time at Andrews University!


Paul Kim, chair, Department of Visual Art, Communication & Design; professor, Documentary Film & Communication; program director, Documentary Film

Supervisor: Keith Mattingly, dean, College of Arts & Sciences

Served in this position: I have been the founder and program director for the BFA in Documentary Film for six years and chair of VACD for one year.

What inspires you about working at Andrews University? It was a long-time dream of mine to be a college professor, to mentor students who are struggling to find a place and identity in this complex culture we live in. Nothing gives me more satisfaction than spending time with them, partnering with them on building a community of learning and growth, and guiding them to develop personal stories that have a national, sometimes worldwide influence.

What motivates you to share your heart@andrews? My students are incredible people, and their passion and love for learning keep me fully motivated to support them in their efforts. They know I deeply care about their success as well as their personal and mental health, and in turn, they reward me with an unmatched generosity of spirit and a strong sense of belonging. We have programs in our department that in this visual and social culture feel intensely relevant to our students' professional and personal goals and help keep everyone inspired.


June Price, University chaplain

Supervisor: Frances Faehner, vice president for Campus & Student Life

Served in this position: Four years in this position and 11 years total at Andrews University

What inspires you about working at Andrews University? The gospel of the Kingdom of God continually inspires me. Sharing God’s truth to young adults is an investment like no other. I have the privilege of seeing God transform lives and change futures.

What motivates you to share your heart@andrews? I try to live as God would if He was walking on our sidewalks, sitting in our classrooms and eating in our cafeteria.


March 2018

Christine Carlson, supervisor, Accounts Payable

Supervisor: Sharyl Turon, director, Financial Records 

Served in this position: In accounts payable just over 10 years and 30+ years for Andrews.

What inspires you about working at Andrews University? I enjoy doing things for other people. I like the diversity of other cultures found at Andrews University. I can always learn from them. I enjoy seeing how God is working around the world.

What motivates you to share your heart@andrews? If I can encourage someone else it makes my day. I love to see someone else smile. I often find that if I smile so do they. I have had a number of students that just come by for a “mother hug.” It is a blessing to be able to serve God and help others.


Jeff Boyd, Research Support Specialist, Office of Research & Creative Scholarship

Supervisor: Gary Burdick, Dean of Research

Served in this position: A year and nine months this time (started July 2016). Previously I worked at the Center for Youth Evangelism (2008–2010, while my wife pursued an MA in curriculum and instruction) and in Financial Records (2002–2004, during MBA studies).

What inspires you about working at Andrews University? I really appreciate the team here in the Research office—Gary Burdick and Mordekai Ongo. And I enjoy seeing the breadth of research being conducted at Andrews by faculty, graduate students and undergrad students. That creative and inquisitive approach to life is inspiring. What can we learn, and how can we use this information?

What motivates you to share your heart@andrews? Although I’m not doing the frontline research myself, I appreciate supporting these efforts. I hope to play my part well so that others can have a positive environment for doing their research and for sharing their findings with others, whether at local Andrews conferences or at other events. By finding funding for research and by hosting conferences, I hope to help promote a culture of academic rigor and involvement with our world.


Andrea Swanson, Office Assistant, Office of Transportation

Supervisor: Martin Bradfield, Transportation Director

Served in this position: I have worked full-time at Andrews for the last 3½ years, and I have been working at Andrews for 14 years (started as a freshman in the academy and stayed on thru now)

What inspires you about working at Andrews University?
I have a passion for helping others. There are times when situations are not favorable and it is very rewarding to know that you can improve someone else’s situation.

What motivates you to share your heart@andrews?
I enjoy working with people and sharing my Andrews experience.


Maya Wilson, Assistant to the Deans for Financial & Strategic Planning, College of Arts & Sciences

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February 2018

Randy Lonto, instructor, Ruth Murdoch Elementary School


Darryl Penney, chief flight Instructor, Department of Aviation


Karen Benjamin, accreditation coordinator, Department of Graduate Psychology & Counseling


Viviana Insunza, assistant director, Student Financial Services



January 2018

Cassie Heslop, Transfer Enrollment Counselor, Office of Undergraduate Enrollment

Nominated for her warm heart that organized clearing student cars of a foot of snow—in addition to a daily cheerful, helpful approach to her work. 


Sam Villamizar, Learning Systems Administrator, DLit, School of Distance Education & International Partnerships

Nominated for his consistently patient, speedy, thorough and efficient work.  Sam makes things easy to understand and is patient with those lacking confidence in technology skills.


Kevin WooldridgeMaintenance Director for University Towers, Interim Athletics Director

Nominated for his love of serving others and passionate Christian witness.


Thomas Shepherd, Director of the PhD/ThD Program, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

Nominated for his amazing support of his students, raising money so they can attend scholarly meetings, creates professional networking opportunities, is a compassionate listener through struggles, and even  encourages them in physical health by offering an early morning walk for all who would like to join him.




Terry Dodge, PC support specialist, ITS

Supervisor: Benjamin Regoso

Served in this position: 19½ years (20½ if you count the year I worked as a student/staff before that)

What inspires you about working at Andrews University?
I believe God places us where he wants us to be and He has chosen Andrews University for me so far.  I also enjoy a sense of freedom and flexibility that would be hard to match anywhere else.

What motivates you to share your heart@andrews?
I enjoy helping people and seeing their lives made easier in any way I can. I find satisfaction when someone has an "aha moment" from something I’ve shared or done. 


Carmelita Arthur, admissions coordinator, School of Health Professions

Supervisor: Emmanuel Rudatsikira

Served in this position: Since July 2017, administrative assistant on campus since 2010

What inspires you about working at Andrews University?
I had a wonderful college experience; so being able to help others have that experience too gives me great joy. 

What motivates you to share your heart@andrews?
I love to see people happy and if I can do anything to make them happy I will, no matter how small or insignificant it might seem.


H Thomas Goodwin, professor and chair, Department of Biology

Served in this position: Chair for five years, faculty at Andrews for 23 years

What inspires you about working at Andrews University?
As a Seventh-day Adventist institution that values both faith and learning, Andrews has provided a nurturing environment where I can bring my full identity, as an Adventist and a biologist, to my twin loves of scholarship and teaching. And I love working with our students, in all their diversity, as they develop their own identities as Christian learners and professionals.

What motivates you to share your heart@andrews?
I’m grateful for the rich grace and wonderful opportunities provided to me in my life. Perhaps I can sometimes be a conduit for this grace and opportunity to others?


Emma Tenorio, housekeeping supervisor, Meier Hall

Supervisor: Spencer Carter

Served in this position: 23+ years

What inspires you about working at Andrews University?
Andrews University's ministry is always about sharing the love of God.

What motivates you to share your heart@andrews?
The motivation that I have is to learn and research God’s purpose and show His love to everybody, especially students. I am really blessed to be in this institution. Thank you very much for the opportunity to work in a good environment like Andrews.



Melissa Bolle, catering manager, Dining Services

Supervisor: Jonathan Mark Daniels

Served in this position: Since December 2016, an employee of Andrews University since August 2016

What inspires you about working at Andrews University?
Knowing that I can touch someone somehow. Every experience we have in life can be seen as an opportunity to leave something wonderful with someone.

What motivates you to share your heart@andrews?
My motivation is that in a cold world we can still be Christ-like. We can still smile even though things may not be okay (remember Job). We can still spread sunshine to others’ clouds. I am new to Seventh-day Adventism. God has a purpose for me here!


Willy Diaz, payroll assistant, Human Resources

Supervisor: Under the direct supervision of Jerod Wilson and overall management of Dan Agnetta of Human Resources

Served in this position: 12 years since being hired in November 2005

What inspires you about working at Andrews University?
The elements of Christian atmosphere and ethnic diversity contribute to an immense pleasure in serving here at Andrews.

What motivates you to share your heart@andrews?
I count it a privilege to be able to serve God in all the daily interactions with people who pass my way. Seeing people smile and satisfied with whatever service I render truly makes my day.


Judith Fisher, director, Counseling & Testing Center

Supervisor: Frances Faehner

Served in this position: 14 years, 16 years full-time at Andrews

What inspires you about working at Andrews University?
I am inspired by the students who come to Andrews from near and from far to expand their world, acquire a greater understanding of life and meaningfully contribute to their world. I am inspired by their dreams, their resilience, their determination, their struggles, their hope, their need for support and their desire to achieve greatness.

What motivates you to share your heart@andrews?
As I interact with each student, I am reminded that I am an ambassador of Christ, and as I share from my heart, I connect each student to the heart of Jesus.


Donnie Keele III, associate dean, Meier Hall

Supervisor: Spencer Carter (director/dean, Meier Hall), Jennifer Burrill (director of Residence Life), Frances Faehner (vice president for Campus & Student Life)

Served in this position: Five years, only full-time position with the University

What inspires you about working at Andrews University?
I am really inspired by the idea of Christian education—that it shares in the work of redemption and that it has the power to increase our ability to better understand who God is and what he has called us to do. Andrews is a place that exists to facilitate the discovery of big things like passion, purpose, values and skills. To have a role in the process and to see it happening where I work is a part of the inspiration that keeps me going.

What motivates you to share your heart@andrews?
I am motivated most by the people I work with every day. The Residence Life and Meier Hall staff are teams that allow me to be myself and pursue my ideas. The student deans and resident advisor staff are teams that engage with my influence and invite the best from me. Without their encouragement and support I would have a much harder time sharing my heart@andrews.



Lhorraine LondonPolite for her drive in creating and managing meaningful and successful events that show the Andrews heart

Aaron Moushon for his passionate engagement with all students, particularly Early College Experience and Explore Andrews

Evelyn Perez for her wisdom, gentleness and spiritual influence in the Department of Leadership

Allen Wellborn for his positive and proactive engagement in making the campus a better place for us all to live and work



Qaisar Ayez for consistently going the extra mile in student care in Student Financial Services

Frances Faehner for her proactive engagement in the needs of the students and campus

Desmond Murray for modelling the Andrews heart in the community

Glenda Patterson for ensuring students receive the best possible care and service in the Seminary